5 Uses for Sweet Potato Puree

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I realize that puree is usually baby food, but sweet potato puree makes me think that maybe those babies are on to something. I can eat spoonfuls of this stuff like pudding, and it can also be used to make real foods workout recovery bars, side dishes, and even the crust of a hearty cottage pie.

Making sweet potato puree is an absolute no-brainer. There are three steps requiring about two minutes of active time: roast, remove skins, puree. Once you have puree on hand, you can eat it plain (and don’t blame me if you can’t stop) or use it to make a variety of dishes from desserts to a rich main course. Read on for a super simple recipe and five ways to make even more sweet potato goodness!

The Base: Sweet Potato Puree

To make enough sweet potato puree for 2-4 people to eat plain, use two large sweet potatoes (about 1.5 pounds). Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and pop those babies in on top of a piece of foil. You don’t need to wrap them up; the foil just catches any sweet potato sugar ooze so you don’t end up with a sticky oven. Roast for about 50 minutes or until potatoes have pulled away from the skins and are tender to the touch.

Let cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove skins and pop those babies right into your food processor (I love my 7-cup KitchenAid). Process for about 30 seconds on low or until they form a smooth puree. You can also mash them using a potato masher or even a wooden spoon, though the end result won’t be quite as smooth.

Now Try It!

5 Uses for Sweet Potato Puree | Jaybird Blog

Having homemade puree on hand ensures that you don’t have to worry about BPA or additives in canned, store-bought versions. It also saves time so you can get these tasty dishes into your belly even faster. Get to it with these five recipes starring sweet potato:

…Sweet Potato Recovery Bar from Paleo Table: Let these sit in the fridge overnight to maximize sweetness. And the chocolate topping may be “optional” but I would say it’s highly recommended.
…Shepherd’s Pie from PrimalPal: Use your pre-made puree to save time on this hearty paleo shepherd’s pie. I also use the Cottage Pie recipe in Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan and do half mashed cauliflower and half pureed sweet potato. Dreamy!
…Sweet Potato Chai Muffins from PaleOMG: Grain-free, paleo breakfast on the go with a hint of your morning cuppa.
…Loaded Sweet Potato Soup from Wellness Mama: Start at step 3, combining sweet potato puree with squash puree and other ingredients. Again, I don’t know why certain ingredients are optional. Definitely top your soup with bacon and chives.
…To round out your day of eats, try my Sweet Potato Brownies! More cocoa- than chocolate-flavored, this paleo treat is a unique addition to your typical dessert recipes.

Do you make sweet potato puree at home? What’s your favorite sweet potato dish?